The O’Brien family and the Thomas family seem to be headquartered in Chicago but have roots that go East and legs that go west. We’re scattered all over the country.
In some instances, that’s a good thing, but as the resident family Mac Queen (and I mean that in a good way) I get called on to help out with Mac problems for relatives who have seen the light and moved on from Windows to the Mac. Thank the digital gods for screen sharing. Absolutely nothing works better at helping a wayward relative back into the flock.
Almost as worthy as screen sharing on the Mac is the ScreenSharingMenulet (all one word) app. It absolutely doesn’t do much that you can’t already do on your Mac with built-in screen sharing except it remembers computers you’ve connected to. It’s like a glorified bookmark app that finds and captures remote Macs.
There are a few extra bells and whistles to help justify the $1.99 price tag. Local and Back-to-My-Mac hosts are detected using Apple’s Bonjour.
Add custom hosts to use ScreenSharingMenulet over the internet (perfect for helping your father find the Start button on his new Mac). What it isn’t is a standalone VNC app. You’ll still be using Apple’s built-in screen sharing on your Mac to connect to remote Macs. It’s just easier to find them using ScreenSharingMenulet.
Think Menubar click to select the Mac you need to connect to without rummaging through Stickies for the IP address or network name.